BLACK HISTORY MONTH
Rev. Darrell Goodwin, newly appointed Executive Conference Minister of the Southern New England Conference, United Church of Christ (SNECUCC) invites all to celebrate Black History month.
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5 Ways you can honor the History of African-Americans:
1. Commit to being Anti-Racist and align yourself with like-minded organizations. In reflecting on those organizations, he asks us, "Do they have an anti-racist stance? Because that models who we want to be."
2. Educate yourself about the impact of white supremacy in our world. "White supremacy has impacted all of us in some way," Rev. Goodwin explains.
3. Reflect on your inner circle and query if there are voices of folks who do not look like you. If your circle is homogenous do the personal work to expand your horizons. If so, we need to do the "deliberative work to stretch ourselves outside of that paradigm."
4. Patronize Black Owned and Operated Businesses. The resource linked below helps us be very specific in our activism to support African-American business owners.
5. Explore Southern New England Conference and National UCC Resources
"I hope you are also committed to our journey of becoming an anti-racist conference," says Rev. Goodwin.
PBS- Celebrating Black History Month
Learn the story of Marian Anderson, whose singing talent was lauded around the world yet faced racism-fueled barriers to success.
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes us into the 400-year history of the Black church in America. We couldn't ask for a better guide.
A critically-acclaimed documentary about the first all-Black variety show on public television that featured the charismatic host Ellis Haizlip.
Dr. Maya Angelou was a singer, dancer, activist, poet and writer who inspired generations.
The story of how African-American Percy Julian defied the odds to become a famous chemist.
FANNIE LOU HAMER: STAND UP
Civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer is remembered by those who joined her in the struggle.
Across lines of race and ethnicity, alliances formed among Chicago activists in the '60s.
The story behind civil rights activists who challenged segregation in the American South.
A CENTURY OF CHANGE
More than just the game of baseball, the Negro League changed our country.
Explore the life of activist and playwright Lorraine Hansberry.
Bessie Coleman was the first African American woman aviator.
Shirley Chisholm, educator and trailblazing politician, was born in Brooklyn in 1924.
Learn about internationally recognized sculptor & Rensselaer County native, Edmonia Lewis.
Pioneering African-American architect Paul Revere Williams' contributions to Los Angeles.